If you wouldn’t purposely, throw money down the toilet, or out the window, why do so many homeowners, take the time and effort, to make their home, more energy – efficient, or, at least, less wasteful? The simplest, easiest, and least costly way, to achieve positive, relevant, realistic objectives, and thus, save money, and increase the level of comfort, within a house, is to locate, and then, minimize, air leaks. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, examine, and discuss, 5 relatively simple places to start, and somewhat easy fixes.
1. Windows: Begin your review and examination, where a large amount of air leaks, and often, can be addressed! In many houses, energy, literally, is thrown, out the windows, because, either they are inefficient windows, or ineffectively sealed and installed. In the late 1970’s, President Jimmy Carter, recognized how wasteful this was, and enacted, tax credits, to encourage homeowners, to upgrade to better, more energy – efficient windows. If a house has older windows, it might make sense to address this, and replace them, because the Return on Investment (ROI) make sense, in most cases. In addition, testing, and identifying areas, where there are leaks, should be addressed and corrected.
2. Doors: Leaky doors, are often, the second leading cause of energy wastes! Some doors are made of a material, which makes things worse, but, in many cases, it’s simply a matter of putting an inexpensive, sweep, on the bottom of the door, to stop air from flowing underneath it. Also, it’s wise to check if it’s properly installed and/ or hung, so excessive waste, does not occur, from the sides!
3. Attic/ roof: How well insulated, is your attic, and roof, areas? Adding a better insulation, or, sometimes, putting insulation, where none presently exists, saves a significant amount, at a relatively little cost!
4. Behind outlets: One of the most overlooked areas, where there is significant waste, is behind outlets. This can easily, and inexpensively, be addressed, by putting a simple, strip, which can be purchased at most hardware stores, and there is, potentially, a huge savings!
5. Exterior wall: Check the exterior walls, simply, by putting your hands on these, and feeling, temperature changes, and whether the walls, feel cold, in winter, and warm, in summer. Installing insulation behind these, helps, quite a bit!
A wise homeowner, is a proactive one! Pay attention to ways, you might, inexpensively, make certain tweaks and changes, which will save money and energy!